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Network Monitoring and Mapping to Support IT Compliance

A Tool to Document Policies and Controls for Regulatory Mandates

Oversight from regulatory bodies regarding the use of electronic information is increasing across the globe. Compliance rules have grown to become a major driver of investment in information technology.

A wide variety of industries are subject to standards, frameworks and regulations -- for small-to-medium size businesses, as well as larger enterprises. In some cases, the compliance function has grown into a major responsibility of the network administrator.

InterMapper features that support compliance include:

  • Network Assets: Knowing what equipment you have and where it is connected on your network is essential to most regulatory environments.
  • Critical/Continuous Monitoring: On-going confirmation of the status of the important equipment on your network is a component of many compliance initiatives.
  • Topology: A real-time map of your network provides a valuable picture of your IT infrastructure.
  • Security Control: With the expanded use of VLANs, it is necessary to be able to easily detect that all the right ports are associated with the secure versus open VLANs.
  • Risk Assessment: Understanding the potential impact of a severe outage should lead to steps to mitigate risks.
  • Organize to Risk level: As the IT administrator, you will want to deploy monitoring resources and attention to areas that are critical to the overall network safety and stability.

The regulations regarding the documentation of system design and processes are being implemented in order to control information risk and maximize data security. InterMapper network monitoring software provides the tools that support your efforts to respond to these compliance initiatives.

InterMapper enables the IT professional, compliance officer, internal auditor or business manager to quickly, completely and accurately document the design, assets and metrics related to your network infrastructure. Even if you are not required, adhering to guidelines for compliance is still a best practice.

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Last Updated: Aug 15, 2014